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Happy Holidays: Parking Enforcement Hands Out Candy Bars, Not Tickets

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- Instead of a ticket, some motorists received candy bars. -  - PATTY BOWEN
  • Patty Bowen
  • Instead of a ticket, some motorists received candy bars.
- The candy bars come with season's greetings and a guide to changes in downtown parking rules. -  - PATTY BOWEN
  • Patty Bowen
  • The candy bars come with season's greetings and a guide to changes in downtown parking rules.
Seeing a parking enforcement officer chalking tires and taking snapshots can send some motorists' blood pressure soaring. On Dec. 22, however, the enforcement officers weren't handing out tickets—they were handing out chocolate bars.

"It’s a way for us to extend a friendly greeting to people and kind of participate in the holiday season," said Chris Good, enforcement services manager for the city of Boise.

In all, the city purchased 250 chocolate bars and holiday greeting cards to distribute on the windshields of cars parked in violation of city ordinances, but Good, who said candy has been distributed during the holidays for several years, said he was getting something in return for the candy: a chance to educate people about parking in Boise.

The cards also came with flyers describing the current parking rules for downtown and a notice of the changes slated to take effect in February 2018.

The candy bars were only given out today Friday.

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